My name is Rob. I’m not the kind of guy who likes to be in the spotlight, but I know the good work we do here at New Life Community and how sharing my story can help inspire people to give generously of their time and resources, so I’m happy to be a part of this Thanksgiving campaign.
I’d never blame my family for the path I took with my addiction. My Mom in particular was so supportive. She’d be at my sport events and loved to cheer me on. Even though I was well loved, I had a hard time focusing in school and got in a lot of trouble, so much so, I was sent away for help and by the time I was 12, I was already well into my addiction. Choices I made saw me in jail by the time I was 17. I was just a kid!
Years later, I got married, we had a beautiful daughter, a home and I had a great paying job. My wife had her Masters degree in music and I always thought we were an odd couple. She was so accomplished, while I still struggled with my addiction. I just couldn’t and wouldn’t stop using, not for her, not for my daughter, or anyone until one day I got so sick of where I was at and had heard about how New Life Community could help me.
I came here and entered into the Recovery Program. I have to be honest, I did fall off the wagon a few times, but I was always encouraged to give myself a chance. The people here believed in me, and I started believing in me too. I’ve been clean and sober for years, I work at New Life Community helping others, and I’m the Dad and proud grandpa (with another little grandchild on the way) I always wanted to be.
Please, donate what you can this Thanksgiving. There are so many people in our community who are hurting and hungry. Every Thanksgiving we see Moms, Dads, kids and even grandkids coming in for a wonderful family-style meal. Everyone here is somebody’s somebody and your donations help us help them believe in themselves! Thank you for saving a “somebody” like me years ago! I’m so grateful.